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Welcome and Preparation
We begin with a few moments to calm our bodies and minds.
|Guide||The LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
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Remember Your Time of Need
|Guide||Let us draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Bring to mind a transforming moment in your life. Imagine yourself in that situation. Picture where you are in that moment and who may be near you. (To learn more about the transforming moment click here.)
Or, call to mind your time of need—whatever trouble feels most pressing to you right now. What is that area of suffering or sin where you need the Redeemer’s help?
|Guide||Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.|
Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. we have followed too much the deceits and desires of our
we have offended against your holy laws.
we have left undone those things which we ought to have done,
and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and apart from your grace, there is no health in us.
O Lord, have mercy upon us.
Spare those who confess their faults.
Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared
to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord;
And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.
|Guide||Grant your faithful people, merciful Lord, pardon and peace; that we may be cleansed from all our sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord.|
|Guide||Lord, open our lips;|
|All||And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.|
|Guide||O God, make speed to save us;|
|All||O Lord, make haste to help us.|
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Setting the Scene
On the far side of the Red Sea, the Israelites celebrated their freedom from Egypt and God’s epic victory at the sea. They were truly grateful for being delivered—weren’t they? Yet no sooner had they finished singing a song of victory than they turned from the sea to face their next obstacle, the wilderness. Imagine looking up with tired eyes to see what they saw: a barren wilderness as far as the eye could see. The rest of their journey—the rest of their lives—would be in that wilderness, under the desert sun. Food and water were scarce, and fears were fierce. God had delivered them from the hand of Pharaoh, but could he also deliver them from the wilderness?
From Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry, Mike Wilkerson (Crossway: 2011), page 104. Used by permission.
Scripture Reading and Reflection
We’ll work with the following text in four stages.
- Read: For the first reading, simply let God’s Word sink into your heart, mind and imagination and take note of any words or phrases that especially stand out to you.
- Reflect: During the second reading, reflect on why that word or phrase might resonate with you now. What’s happening in your heart? What do you need from God?
- Respond: For the third reading, consider how you’ll respond to God after hearing him speak to you. What will you say to him in prayer? Is he inviting you to know him in a refreshing way? Or is there some action he’s calling you to take, in faith?
- Rest in what God has provided for you.
4 Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to a city to dwell in;
5 hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
6 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He led them by a straight way
till they reached a city to dwell in.
8 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
9 For he satisfies the longing soul,
and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
The General Thanksgiving
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts
we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up ourselves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
|Guide||Lord, have mercy|
|All||Christ, have mercy|
|Guide||Lord, have mercy|
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
A collect is a common prayer that gathers our various individual prayers together according to a theme.
|Guide||Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.|
|Guide||Let us bless the Lord.|
|All||Thanks be to God.|
|Guide|| The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:14
- Texts for Common Prayer, ACNA (Anglican Church in North America).
- Arranged by Mike Wilkerson.
- Scripture Readings are ESV.